Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/148451
Authors: 
MacCulloch, Robert
Year of Publication: 
2016
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 226
Abstract: 
Imagine a government confronted with a controversial policy question, like whether it should cut the level of unemployment benefits. Will social welfare rise as a result? Will some groups be winners and other groups be losers? Will the welfare gap between the employed and unemployed increase? “Happiness data” offer a new way to make these kinds of evaluations. These data allow us to track the well-being of the whole population, and also sub-groups like the employed and unemployed people, and correlate the results with relevant policy changes.
Subjects: 
well-being
happiness data
unemployment benefit policy
JEL: 
H53
I31
I38
J65
J68
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Document Type: 
Article

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